The temple situates in the midst of Karamana Agraharam. Lord Shiva is the main deity, and is worshipped as Sathyavageeswara, which means proponent of truth. With Goddess Parvathy, reverred as Gomathyambal and also Avudai Ambal. The temple is one of Shiva Parivar (family of Lord Shiva) consists the deities of Lord Ganesa, Lord Subramanya and Lord Ayyappa and the Nandikeswara, the bull in all splendor guards the temple entrance
The centuries old temple has its legend that Kharan who was a devout Shivabaktha had performed the “prathista” of the Shivalinga on the banks of Vanamala river which is now known as Karamana river.
The temple over a period of time grew in prominence became a centre of vedic tradition and religious activities. The temple had only the prathista of Shivling. As the villagers got affected by frequent fire carnage, the villagers conducted ‘Deva Prasnam’ in which it was revealed that Lord Shiva needs a consort and one Devi Idol is lying in the pond of Madurai Meenakshi Temple. The Devi Idol was brought in palanquin on the shoulders of devout bhakthas (the palanquin bamboo is still kept at the temple). On installing the Devi, Lord Shiva was satiated and became benevolent. The temple is the life breath of the village.
It is believed that the name of the place came to be called as Khara-mana now spelt as Karamana. Later Brahmin settlements came up with the Maharaja of Travancore, who took initiative to attract Vedic scholars from Tamilnadu to the capital city of Thirvananthapuram gifted lands for setting up homes for them.
Now the devotees of Karamana Gramam throng the temple in the morning and evening. Due to the benevolence of Siva Parivar, every family in the village is leading a satisfied and peaceful life.
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